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The Cycling Desk: Work Out And Charge Your Phone During A Trip

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 1:39pm

Stationary bikes that power your gadgets as you pedal are this week's innovation pick. They've already appeared in railway stations and airports in Europe and may be for sale later this year.

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'A To Z': Not A Great Romantic Comedy Yet, But Give It A Letter Or Two

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 1:11pm

NBC's romantic comedy about a boy named Andrew and a girl named Zelda is too cute by a lot, but it's got the bones of a charming little piece of work.

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Fox's 'Gracepoint': An American Remake Best Viewed With Fresh Eyes

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:58am

Fox's new show Gracepoint is a remake of a British murder mystery, Broadchurch. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says those who saw the original might want to watch the new series with someone who hasn't.

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A Poetic Look At A Medical Pioneer, 'Dr. Mütter's Marvels' Jolts The Heart

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 9:03am

Moving ably from verse to historical prose, poet Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz chronicles the life and work of an unsung medical innovator in the exhaustively researched Dr. Mutter's Marvels.

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Can NBC's New Tiger Lily Overcome The Character's History?

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 8:14am

Alanna Saunders, the actress cast to play Tiger Lily in NBC's forthcoming production of PeterPan, has Native American ancestry, one of many points of contention in previous castings.

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Adam Sandler Signs Up With Netflix For 4 New Movies

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 7:45am

Adam Sandler and Netflix are doing four original movies together — perhaps because you can't build a network on prestigious, binge-watchable television series alone.

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Book News: National Book Foundation Fills Out Its '5 Under 35' List

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 6:21am

The list, which picks five promising writers under 35 years old, includes Phil Klay, an Iraq War veteran longlisted for this year's National Book Award. Also: An unpublished Bond story gets new life.

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'Lies' May Be Fiction, But Its Story Rings True

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 6:03am

Robin Talley's new young adult novel about the first group of kids to desegregate Southern schools combines hard truths about the civil rights struggle with a thrilling, head-over-heels love story.

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Charles Blow's Memoir Reveals Incidents Of Sexual Abuse And Violence

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:02am

In a new memoir, New York Times Op-Ed columnist Charles Blow opens up about abuse he has suffered, and inflicted in his life. He tells Michel Martin why he told his story in Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

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David Fincher Talks 'Gone Girl,' Avoids Spoilers (Hooray!)

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 2:24am

The director, whose previous work includes Fight Club and The Social Network, talks to NPR's Audie Cornish about the challenges of taking Gillian Flynn's intimate drama from the page to the screen.

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Book News: Roxane Gay's Got A Brand-New Bag — The Butter

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:00am

The author is topping her big year with The Butter, a new sister site to The Toast that she'll helm starting in mid-October. Also: Kei Miller wins the Forward Prize, and Wolf Hall goes Broadway.

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FX's 'The Bridge' Finds Authenticity In Spanish-Language Scenes

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:58am

NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans visited the set of FX's cross-border crime drama, discovering the way the show's Spanish-language scenes help reveal new dimensions to the series' Mexican characters.

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Book Review: 'Once In The West'

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:08pm

Tess Taylor reviews Christian Wiman's new collection of poems, "Once in the West."

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'How To Cook Everything Fast'? Bittman Says Skip The Prep

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:08pm

Rachel Martin talks to food writer Mark Bittman about his new cookbook, "How to Cook Everything Fast," which thumbs its nose at the French tradition of having ingredients prepped before you cook.

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'All The Truth Is Out' Examines How Political Journalism Went Tabloid

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:21pm

Matt Bai says that while voters have always cared about candidates' characters, some news used to be off limits. His new book looks at Gary Hart's 1987 affair that destroyed his political ambitions.

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The Strange, Split 'Selfie' Pilot

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:21am

ABC's new comedy Selfie doesn't have a good pilot. It has half of a decent pilot, however, and it has intriguing signs that inside of it, trapped under the dumb parts, there might be a good show.

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'Gone Girl,' Take Two: The Very, Very Spoiled Edition

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:23am

If you've already read Gone Girl, or if you don't mind swimming in a sea of spoilers, we've got a few thoughts that require giving up some of the book's bigger secrets.

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Book News: First-Ever Kirkus Prize Picks 18 Finalists

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:16am

Kirkus Reviews has been around, in varying forms, for over 80 years — but it's the new kid in town this awards season. Today, the publication announced the finalists for its inaugural Kirkus Prize.

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In A Desolate Montana, 'The Ploughmen' Unearths Dark Truths

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:03am

Kim Zupan's debut novel is about the relationship between a deputy sheriff and a hardened killer. This book explores the line between good and evil in a manner that's as honest as it is unsettling.

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'Gone Girl': A Missing Wife And A Cloud Of Suspicion

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:07am

Director David Fincher's excellent adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl relies on stellar performances and ultimately on a diabolically twisting narrative structure.

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